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a chance to get ahead. >> president obama this week blasting income inequality, but are his policies to blame. welcome to forbes on fox. let's go in focus with steve forbes and others. steve, have his policies helped or hurt income disparity? >> it's hurt. this is the most miserable recovery in american history. medium incomes are lower th
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states. so, really, it's what he said in court, in the court proceedings this week about president obama staying with him for three weeks. that's kind of why the white house felt to need to come out and clarify this. >> the uncle is going to stay in the united states. obviously, he's lived here for 50 years, but he's finally got legal status. >> he does. legal status, he's going to get a green card. >> do we know if there's a relationship at all between the uncle and the president? do they talk on the phone, have meetings? >> there seems to not be any relationship. jay carney said they fell out of touch and they haven't really spoken. the attorney didn't indicate one way or the other. she didn't really want to go there. there seems to be no contact between the two. >> maybe they'll reconnect now that he's allowed to stay. the courts have ruled he can stay in the united states. he's a legal resident. maybe they'll reunite. >> hopefully. >> he was nice enough to let a young barack obama spend three weeks in his apartment. >> and threw a party for him, apparently. >> brian will continue wor
overshadow president obama's push for obama care this week? plus, have we fina >>> here now, some of this week's images to remember. >>> president obama at the christmas tree lighting. back with our roundtable. the politics of the moment is obama care, and the president was out there reselling it this week, katty kay. this is a portion of what he said. >> if i've got to fight another three years to make sure this law works, then that's what i'll do. that's what we'll do. >> underscoring that this is really the only job he has in his second term, right? >> it may be all he gets done in his second term. if he can make this succeed, this will be his legacy issue. and if you look at the chances of getting immigration reform, of getting some kind of comprehensive jobs bill, of getting some kind of infrastructure, of getting tax reform which is what businesses say they'll need, he may have to use the next three years to make it work, and this may be what he's left with as his big legacy issue. >> but you write it's not just about the website. there are a lot of challenges ahead about wi
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did mandela's death overshadow president obama's push for obama care this week? plus, have we finally turned a corner on our economy? next, our roundtable is back with some of their analysis of those questions. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. ti'm bethand i'm michelle.e. and we own the paper cottage. it's a stationery and gifts store. anything we purchase for the paper cottage goes on our ink card. so you can manage your business expenses and access them online instantly with the game changing app from ink. we didn't get into business to spend time managing receipts, that's why we have ink. we like being in business because we like being creative, we like interacting with people. so you have time to focus on the things you love. ink from chase. so you can. >>> here now, some of this week's images to remember. imag. >>> president obama at the christmas tree lighting. back with our roundtable. the politics of the moment is obama care, and the president was out there re
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this week? >> this was the first interview obama has done in a few weeks where he seemed back on hills game, he seemed confident, feisty. happy, the last few times we had seen him, he was at his press conference, apologizing about health care. he seemed to be enjoying it. >> was it about being in a room of reporters? ies matthews is a journalist. he's in a room of college students. >> he they were cheering for him. when he talked about health care, he said students could get coverage for contraceptives. it did not get a huge cheer. they were pleased by that. he definitely seemed better than he had seemed in a long time. >> he was telling you ability some of the qualities that are useful to be president. let's take a listen in the most important qualities of any president, i'm not necessarily saying i have these qualities, i'm speaking historically, i think it has to do with more than anything a sense of connection with the american people. that's what allows you then to have that sec qual, with i is persistence. >> how is it? he's looking at some of his predecessors saying maybe he feels th
president obama this week as part of his "hardball" college tour coming from american university. that interview will air this thursday at 7:00 p.m. eastern right here on msnbc. you do not want to miss it. >>> immigration activists keep up their washington fast, but will their efforts translate into real reform on capitol hill? we'll take a look at that. >>> also ahead, have you heard detroit bracing for a bankruptcy ruling today. right now the judge is reading his decision in a courtroom on whether the city can go ahead with a chapter 9 feeling. what sdmeejt for the people and the ripple effects it could have across the country. like right here i can just... you know, check my policy here, add a car, ah speak to customer service, check on a claim...you know, all with the ah, tap of my geico app. oh, that's so cool. well, i would disagree with you but, ah, that would make me a liar. no dude, you're on the jumbotron! whoa. ah...yeah, pretty much walked into that one. geico anywhere anytime. just a tap away on the geico app. stick with innovation. stick with power. stick with techn
that has caused damage. a senior administration official of the current obama administration told us last week , we asked the same question, damage? he said, i have been incredibly impressed by the judgment and care you would expect from a great news organization. white houseenior official said on september 9, i have not seen anything you have published to date which has risked the lives. there are different views about this page and listen with respect to the views you have given. >> you disagree with them? >> it is impossible to assess. no one has given me specific evidence. >> the information you have contains the names of individual security officers. this has been sent around the world, sometimes paid for by "the guardian," added these names are of our security officers, people who are there to protect our country, and that is how you have damaged the country. those without security clearance have been able to read these things, know who they are, possibly know where they live. that is the damage that you have done. >> first of all, we have never used a single name. i think, is the c
to see a whole lot more. south africans are preparing for public services for nelson mandela this week. president obama leaves this morning for johannesburg where he'll attend tomorrow's massive public memorial. former presidents bush, clinton, and carter will also be in attendance along with 50 heads of state, making it one of the world's largest gathers in recent history. >> this is a test for us. >> reporter: the national task force says the country is prepared for keeping so many dignitaries safe. 11,000 soldiers have been set in place around the country to protect the mourners. >> we believe people will be watching the house of africa when we perform. >> reporter: this makeshift memorial outside of nelson mandela's former home in sweto is one of places where mourners have gathered. for a day of prayer. south africans of all races and religious backgrounds sang and praised for a man credited with united a country once bitterly divided. >> nelson mandela, this is a man who fought for me when i was not born yet. >> reporter: mandela's ex-wife winnie was among those attending the pray
and he's had a rough six weeks over the obama care website. he's trying to reframe this debate as they head into the midterm elections to be broader than just obama care, democrats realize that if this is about obama care in the mid-term elections it's not a good issue for them and even though we see positive things going on, they want things to be about more than that. for some, this is a signal about getting his mojo back. >> the president's economic policies improve government reliance rather than economic mobility and rather than tackling income inequality by lifting people up, he's been fixated on taxing some down. >> why do you think republicans seem so fixated on the government reliance narrative and this tax and spend. this tax and spend phrase that they of the to use over and over again? >> that's the only message that they've been able to promote, and i think a lot of the republican message has been similar to mitt romney's 47% comments and it's a problem for republicans because they spend the majority of the time since the 2012 elections trying to cut food stamps and
the pointed review rupe just this week. president obama said he is trying to get the nsa to impose self-restraint. some will be proposing self-restraint on the nsa. and to initiate reforms that can get people more confidence. i want everyone to be clear, people of the nsa generally are looking out for the safety of the american people. they are not interested in reading your e-mails or text messages. >> president obama speaking on hardball. what kind of reforms eu imagine the president is talking about he phrases the way it as self-restraint will not be enough. the nsa artie has privacy rules that it violates on a regular basis. it cannot be trusted to police itself. thing that wetant hope will be endorsed is fundamentally changing the statute, the rules so they can no longer collect information on everyday americans and innocent people are not -- who are not suspected of doing anything wrong. government and nsa truly protect us is everything it's -- is transparent? >> no one is calling for them to name terrorist targets or explain who they are spying on. explainst asking they the very
should they end? they are capped at 73 weeks in most states average fewer than that. >> they kick in after state benefits have run out and it was a program started under bush and continued under obama. it went from 99 weeks to 73. i don't know what the right number is but i do know that the 1.3 million americans who are getting unemployment benefits and having the stop on the 28th is bad politics and bad policy. >> today, john boehner told reporters at the presidents real focus ought to be on creating a better environment for our economy and creating more jobs for the american people. those jobs were there, shovel ready jobs that president obama spoke of often, would we be having this discussion about benefits? >> the unemployment rate has gone down from 2000 eight. whether there are enough or not, that is what politicians can debate around the edges. peoplelion, these are who come from all walks of life, white-collar, blue-collar and they need this assistance and what is also happening is some brinksmanship and public negotiating going on. i think they are close to a deal. it wil
about touting the health care law. a white house official told me it's only the first day of a three-week campaign. they're confident the president will have the support in the end. lou? >> our first guest tonight is here to serve at least partly as a tutor for you and me. he says obama care is the biggest middle class entitlement ever conceived. he says beyond the flawed website, we need to stay focused on the fact that the health care law spends too much on the wrong people. joining us is tom skully, the former administrative for medicare and medicaid services during the bush administration, the last. also a health policy staffer in the bush 41 white house, currently a general partner with welsh carson, a new york private equity firm investing in health care. good to have you back was. tom, first, the administration is claiming first success and progress here. we're also hearing great skepticism. we just recounted the story of our own report's, correspondent, peter busey going through and getting error messages. it looks to be a bit of a mess. what do you think? >> i think it's a mess.
frequently with the president. >> she will be on capitol hill next week to face questions about obama care struggles. >>> remember the official stamp of the statue of liberty that wasn't actually lady liberty? the postal service used a picture of a statue of lady liberty instead of the original. the sculptor of the sin city version is suing the usps for copyright infringement. more than 5 million copies of the forever stamp were printed. >>> finally, note to costco, nonfiction does not neep not true. last month, the shopping giant was in hot water for labeling bibles as fiction, which costco blamed on its distributor. according to "the los angeles times," ron burgundy's memoir was labeled as nonfiction. will farrell did host a news show in character in north dakota recently. a note, we invited him to sit on the panel for a segment. but so far scheduling has not worked out. >>> the federal trade commission's mission statement says it exists to prevent anti-competitive practices that hurt consumers. the ftc were created to bust the trust. we show you how one wrong note by a group of music te
in deadly crash in new yor new yor. four people died, dozens of others were injured. >>> the obama administration says after weeks of problems the healthcare.org website is finally fixed. >>> an estimated 131 million americans will have spent about $2 billion by the end of this cybermonday. that would be a record day for thisdi
factor in deadly crash in new yor new yor. four people died, dozens of others were injured. >>> the obama administration says after weeks of problems the healthcare.org website is finally fixed. >>> an estimated 131 million americans will have spent about $2 billion by the end of this cybermonday. that would be a record day for this traditional monday. a power blackout has plunged venezuela's capital of caracas into darkness. several years of electricity cuts but for years the capital had not been directly affected. there is no word what caused this blackout. those are the head lines. i'm john siegenthaler. america tonight with joie chen is next. you can always get the latest news at aljazeera.com. we'll see you later tonight. >> on "america tonight": abused behind bars, saving taxpayers money by treating prisoners with a kind of primitive care not seen in more than a century. >> they're standing there ripping open that little package of sugar and filling that wound. >> packages from a restaurant? >> yes. >> how much is too much? the death of a mentally ill homeless man raises questions
of the republican association and you hug president obama a couple of weeks before. chris is a good friend of ours and we talk to chris an awful lot on phone. knows this and i'm sure all the people around him knows the. he can't afford too many more touchy feeley moments with democrats. he does have to aggressively be out for every republican candidate running for governor, right? you're smiling. >> unless they are not a good candidate. >> i think he likes hanging around with democrats. >> you think chris does? >> yes. >> he likes hanging around with people who he thinks are competent. >> he's not afraid of them. >> you got no problem with that. >> no. >> what's wrong? >> you're smirking a lot. mike knows something. >> what did you hear? >> he heard something. >> you look like you're up to something. >> he's in the classroom makes trouble and doesn't get in trouble. >> still love him. they shouldn't but they do. >>> coming up on "morning joe" we'll talk to moderator of "meet the press," david gregory, hill kristol and unanimous snyderman. >> good morning, everyone. airport trouble today. we're loo
health care reform law. the obama team spent weeks playing defense over the disastrous debut of the healthcare.gov website. next hour he kicks off a new campaign to highlight the benefits of the affordable care act. the administration plans daily events through december 23rd but convincing young people to sign up for obama care may be a tough sell. according to a brand-new gallup poll, americans aged 18 to 29 are the least familiar with the health care law. this is the main group, by the way, an the administration needs toe attract to make the whole system work. call it crisis management on a global scale. vice president biden is on a mission to ease tensions between china and japan. he and the new u.s. ambassador to japan, caroline kennedy sat down with japan's deputy prime minister taro aso today. hot on the agenda, how to handle the defense zone chooen has over the sea. he was deeply concerned over the actions. >> the u.s. has an interest in lowering the tensions in this region as i believe all the countries in northeast asia share that same interest with us. >> this under
these numbers are not doing a good job of capturing. we've talked about the minimum wage this week which obama had the big speech about on wednesday. even though you have job creation, still a lot of this in the service sector and bartenders, it's not great jobs and not paying so well. i think we're going to morph into a much more constructive debate about what are people earning and what is their livelihood and security? >> that's a fantastic point. you look at the unemployment, break it down by race. we're seeing .6 decrease in african-americans and .4 in hispanics and .2 with whites. no change in asian. but the larger question, seems to be and you've been pushing this, transitioning from focusing on the unemployment number and focusing on the kind of work that people are -- >> the kind of jobs people are actually getting. >> with jobs that people have to try to make ends meet and the ends are not meeting when you're making 15,000. >> you're getting mcdonalds and walmart, large sources of employment. but you have a lot of government transfer payments to meet them. we're in this mix. the empl
have seen for healthcare.gov, where the obama administration spent weeks trying to prepare the exchange while at the same time up and running. class aside from the obvious delay, how else will this be different? >> one big difference is testing. a beta version. technology will be demonstrated for participants in a mock auction. it will be tested before the sale happens. one of the big complaints about the health care exchange website, there was not an adequate end to end test of the entire system. >> thank you. next, the real problem with fannie and freddie. we will explain with josh rosner and will be right back. ♪ qwest time for chart attack, where we show you two charts that will make you smarter. first, fannie and freddie kind of got stuck holding the bag. by some measures, they may still be the only measure in -- only game in town. walk us through what we are talking about and make it easy on viewers. >> a legislative reform push in washington to figure out what to do about fannie and freddie. do we liquidate them or fix them? right now, saying, let's just wait them out and start
and the former first lady laura bush will accompany president obama on air force one to attend nelson mandela's memorial services next week. bill clinton tells me he and his family also will be attending. george h.w. bush will not be making the trip due to his age and the long, long distance. our correspondents in south africa are also learning more about the upcoming historic events. cnn's robyn curnow is joining us from johannesburg and erin burnett is joining us from mandela's home in the town of soweto. it is early morning now, crowds have been out nonstop celebrating the life of nelson mandela. what's going on, how long do we expect this to last? >> reporter: well, it's almost 24 hours since this nation heard that nelson mandela had passed away. we are standing right outside the house where he died late thursday. people have been coming to this suburban street since then. you can hear them now singing behind me, and they have been chanting, praying, lamenting, celebrating in song throughout the day and they have been singing some very poignant songs. one particular over and over again, m
it was when harry truman was in office. >> and that was president obama speaking this week at the liberal think tank center for american progress addressing several key economic issues. joining me now msnbc national reporter suzy khimm. we heard the president advocating for a raise in the minimum wage and saw the protesters this week, as well. what do you think the chances are of an increaseded passing and what are roadblocks? >> basically i don't think within the current congress there's a chance this make its way through, but democrats have made it clear they're going to tell voters in 2014 this is one of their priorities. it sends a very clear message about the kind of economic justice and fairness they want to see. i think that's why they're trying to make this appeal right now and put a very big push behind it. >> i want to look at one of your recent articles why budget cuts are here to stay in which you talk about specific cuts. so share those details and how deep are we talking about? >> sure. so what's happening right now is that paul ryan and patty murray, the lead budget negotia
hume has thoughts on president obama's office. >> hello, bret. when the president last week blamed his health insurance malfunctions on government agencies which he said were poorly described and outmoded, it was a reminder of what oscar goodman said after the president had more than once disparaged his city and tried to take it back. mr. obama, goodman said, is a very slow learner. the inefficiency and sluggishness of the federal bureaucracy is known to every politician and citizen who has had experience with it. but the president seems to have glided through his brief term in the senate in his four plus years in the white house without noticing until now. supremely self-confident intelligent people who lack experience often learn lessons the hard way because they don't know enough to know how much they don't know. rahm emanuel, chief of staff during obama care, urged the president not to try to overhaul all at once. but the president liked ezekiel, and now defending broken promises on television and saying now it needs a good p.r. campaign. and so we ride along with mr. obama on his
at the other obama care hearings that are scheduled up on capitol hill this week. house speaker john boehner says there are four, count them, four more obama care hearings scheduled for this week. >> we'll have coverage of course of all of those hearings. thanks very much, jim acosta. even with all the problems plaguing obama care, if they are eventually solved, there is still some research out there suggesting that having health insurance alone won't make americans healthier and in fact, in some cases, could do the opposite. let's bring in our chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta, who wrote a very provocative article on our website today, cnn.com. sanjay, you say the real question with obama care is will it make us healthier and you're a little skeptical. explain what's going on. >> well, first, i think that should be the goal overarching this. if you look back on this period in our history 100 years from now and people say did the actions at this time make america a healthier place. i don't think there's evidence of that. now, i will preface by saying i think insurance is a very i
: in recent days the uncle said barack obama stayed with him for three weeks in the 1980s. why the differing accounts? >> back when this arose, folks looked at the record including the president's book and there was no evidence that they had met. >> reporter: jay carney says it was when he asked the president in person that the president acknowledged he had stayed with his uncle. it could be simple semantics but the white house was first asked about the relationship a couple of years ago after the uncle had been arrested for drunk driving and it came to light that he was fighting deportation. that's given ammunition to republican critics. >> just goes back to this thing of the white house not being completely forthright with facts with the public. it's what's contributed to his trut worthiness numbers going way down. >> and political observers say something else could be lingering. >> i think it definitely does raise an interesting question about whether or not the white house is coming through with this idea that he has relatives that have trouble with dui or immigration problems or whateve
barack obama, this wealth redistribution. >> last week the president talk about income inequality and it was more mobile upside -- he started railing -- are you serious? there's things i don't need official data. you're blowing smoke. this is america. people make it all the time in this country. what is really creating a problem, high taxes -- >> way to narrow the gap. >> we got the income inequality gap. this this president's idea of making it better. are you serious? how about this. taking the rungs out of the ladder. when you add these high taxes, high regulations, when you demonize success, when you think that everyone wants to crawl out of poverty into lower middle class and pay the bills week-to-week, if you think that's the american dream, your kidding yourself. >> the opposite of income inequality is income equality, and when you think you need to use the levers of power of the before government in order to coerce equality, that's what communism is about. so he is arguing for european style socialism. >> his presidency and everywhere where the democrats control. it's easy.
's disappointed that the government chose to distance itself from the e.u. >>> looking to reverse weeks of bad publicity about the healthcare site president obama ask the people to ignore the republicans root are to the affordable care act to fail. >> i always said i would work with anyone to implement this law. if you have good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but we are not repealing it as long as i'm president. [ clapping ] >> >> the president's speech kicked off the administration's three week inspirational campaign about healthcare reform, sign up for individuals who want coverage next year, is the 23rd. >>> hello, we are looking at dangerous conditions on the road in terms of the northern plains and the border states. look at the know on the radar summary. this is causing a problem because it's accumulating as well as the visibilities are coming down. across the north-west we don't expect the snow it linger. we did a snow earlier. that was across washington, down to nevada, fading out. our focus will be over here towards the east over the next day. still cool across parts of seattle. n
be destroyed by the middle of next year. >>> the white house is in full holiday mode. first lady michelle obama showing off the decorations. the visitors the next two weeks will be treated to the portuguese waterdogs ornament made out of black satin ribbons. one of the real first dogs sonny got a little excited yesterday knocking down a 2-year-old girl visiting from alabama! can you believe it? this is like the biggest white house scandal? no. >> look at that! >> that is the one where it looks nice. the next one, she ends up on the ground. >> she has a lasting memory there. they are all talking about it. >> the dog is bigger than she is. >> there she is on the ground! he decked her! >> he did not deck her. just a big dog. >> george w. bush had barney. >> she gets a hug from the first lady. it's all better. all better. >> i hope that girl doesn't have bad dreams of that nasty dog. >>> coming up, a celebrity chef airing her dirty laundry in court. lawson is opening up about her drug use and got to say a whole lot more as she tries to prove two sisters swindled her out of a million dollars. we are
will be given a full state funeral on sunday, december 15. the white house has confirmed president obama and the first lady will travel to south africa next week to take part in memorial services. we will have full coverage and area begin in johannesburg -- johannesburg. >> they come from all walks of life and all communities to pay respects outside the home of nelson mandela. the sense of bereavement is palpable. to some, almost private and personal. together,so a coming a nation united in mourning but also in celebration of the life of the man they call madiba. >> people are celebrating the life of nelson mandela. i think he would want us to celebrate his life. >> we kept holding onto that and i hope with the spirit going [inaudible] prepares forfrica a state funeral of unprecedented proportions, what kind of nation mr. mandela leaves behind. is possible to overcome hatred and anger in order to build a new nation and a new society. lson mandela went to prison and a great young man. committed to letting his enemies by violence if necessary. byfighting as enemies violence if necessary. 2
on sunday, december 15. the white house has confirmed president obama and the first lady will travel to south africa next week to take part in memorial services. we will have full coverage and area begin in johannesburg -- johannesburg. >> they come from all walks of life and all communities to pay respects outside the home of nelson mandela. the sense of bereavement is palpable. to some, almost private and personal. together,so a coming a nation united in mourning but also in celebration of the life of the man they call madiba. >> people are celebrating the life of nelson mandela. i think he would want us to celebrate his life. >> we kept holding onto that and i hope with the spirit going [inaudible] prepares forfrica a state funeral of unprecedented proportions, what kind of nation mr. mandela leaves behind. is possible to overcome hatred and anger in order to build a new nation and a new society. lson mandela went to prison and a great young man. committed to letting his enemies by violence if necessary. byfighting as enemies violence if necessary. 27 years later he emerged preac
. let's take a look at how each is doing. relatively speaking it was a good week for the obama administration. positive economic numbers and, as expected, there were ongoing improvements in the health care website. >> i understand why people would have been resistant to going on a website that wasn't working right. and, fortunately, because of some very hard work, we've now got it to the point where for the vast majority of people it's working well. >> the center for medicare and medicaid services announced on friday this past week more than 3.7 million people visited healthcare.gov. the error rate is down from one in four to one in ten. so as expected, progress is being made and more people are able to join and get access to health care. okay. so reince priebus and the gop had a little bit more time for their reboot. you'll recall they initially announced findings of the growth and opportunity project back in march. well, here's what they said they needed to change. quote, the republican party must focus its efforts to earn new supporters and voters in the follows demographic
customers. during that time president obama explained, and eventually apologized. the white house claiming healthcare.gov handled 1 million visitors without major issues, the president is launching a massive three-week-long blitz to entice americans back to the website to sign up for insurance policies. >> the bottom line is this law is working and will work into the future. people want the financial stability of health insurance and we're going to keep on working to fix whatever problems come up. >> and so it begins. and this will last until december 23rd, the deadline for people to enroll if they want plans beginning on january 1st. each day the white house says they will plug different benefits that you can get through obama care with help from democrats and progressive action groups. even though we've heard more insurance pitches from the president in the last few months than buill murray endured in "groundhog day." >> just visit healthcare.gov. >> funny you should mention your health because -- >> deal is good. the prices are low. >> i sell insurance. >> what a shock. >> they're leavi
. the right has been saying president obama and his health law are dead for weeks. months, years. but guess what. both are still here. today the national journal writes about president obama's resilience. can obama recover? he did already. joining me now is the reporter with that story, national journal political correspondent alex sikes wald and james peterson, professor at lehigh university. thank you for being here. alex, your piece is about the president recovering. tell us what you noticed. >> if i had a dollar for every time somebody said obama or obama care is doomed, i could pay for the website rebuild myself. you know, at every stage when scott brown got re-elected, everyone was sure obama care was done. when the tea party came, everybody said obama care was done. obama himself, from controversies like the irs to when he criticized the arrest of henry lewis gates, he's been done. and he continued. this should be no surprise to anyone who's paid attention to history. bill clinton emerged from an impeachment scandal with the highest approval rating of his career. he's the president.
he had to say. [video clip] last week, the obama administration tried to hide another unilateral, one-year obamacare. just like in july, right before holiday,endence day the administration try to hide the one-year delay of the business mandate. president obama and others have tried to hide what they knew problems wellite before the website launched. administration tries to continue to hide problems on the website.of the the administration has tried to hide the security problems that that one official called the website'sr to launch. the president and house democrats tried to hide for millions of americans would lose the coverage that they liked. the president and house democrats tried to hide for years that many americans will access to the doctors, the pediatricians, and perhaps even the hospitals that they choose. at this point, one has to ask, what else are they hiding? congressman. think they're hiding anything, frankly. i think when you are pushing timehing out for the first , you do not immediately say everything that is wrong. then people will say, -- they work anding to make i
for memorial event next week. nelson mandela met president obama in 2005. former presidents cloipt clinton and bush will travel to south africa. >> let's here about the event for the week ahead. >> south africa is preparing a week of events. flags fly at half mast. sunday is designated as a national day of prayer and reflection. the nation's people are asked to remember nelson mandela in their thoughts and prayers. tuesday the 10th is the next most important day. the day when the national memorial service will be held at the soccer city stadium. it conceded 95,000 people. it was the site of the 2012 world cup final and known as the kalabash. it's a cooking pot shaped in the form of a cooking pot. wednesday to friday nelson mandela's body will lie in state in the union building in pretoria. that's the official residents of the current president jacob zuma. there'll be many memorial services throughout the country during the three days. there'll be a state funeral. however, we have information because at that funeral nelson mandela's family and the world will say goodbye to the first nobel p
't had much good to say about rome are embracing francis as a hero. president obama, this week, practically gushing over him and his message. >> i think pope francis is showing himself to be just an extraordinarily thoughtful and soulful messenger of peace and justice. i haven't had a chance to meet him yet, but everything that i've read, everything i've seen from him indicates the degree to which he is trying to remind us of those core obligations. >> and with president obama saying that, conservatives, catholic and noncatholic conservatives who came to see the catholic church as their political ally are having a hard time with it. >> but the pope here has now gone beyond catholicism here and this is pure political. this is just pure marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope. >> i thought the pope was in favor of the european social model, which is neo socialism, and which fails its own people. >> now, you know, i'm always looking for the historical angle. i can't help but think of lyndon johnson. he spent all those years, all those decades in congress and in the senate, goi
not improved that much. any budget deal that has come by the end of the week not with standing. >> mike viqueira, thank you very much. >>> president obama is on his way to south africa at this hour. he's heading the u.s. delegation there. >> reporter: president's bush and former first lady laura, and former president clinton will also be going, desmond t tutu is taking part and right now the nelson mandela center is holding ceremonies to honor the normal r president. we have more on how the people of africa are remembering nelson mandela. he was a father figure. the world may be watching the big events but there are smaller events taking place as well. it appears we lost alan, but he's back. >> reporter: we're at nelson mandela square. this is one of those areas that you were mentions. this is one of the districts in jojohannesburg. there will be places like this all over this country, and there has been a steady stream of people coming in from that corner all day long. one set of people who will be posing in front of the statue, the 25-foot statue of nelson mandela down there. another
, gretchen. >> that's a catch. as well white house officials are launching a campaign, they did last week, to sell the benefits of obama care to the american public. but what's the new message today? >> reporter: well, you know, talking about medicaid specifically in the state of north carolina, there are some states where you have seen there have been roadblocks to actually get it going. they say inside the white house that once you get it expanded, it's going to mean a lot more people being covered. but republicans are saying it's not just a cost issue. it's the question of when you look at these enrollment numbers, is it because people are actually signing up and paying into the system, or is it folks just getting medicaid? is that beefing up the numbers and sort of distorting the picture? gretchen? >> all right. ed henry live for us at the white house. thanks so much. >> good to see you. >>> more trouble for obama care now with the word the federal health exchange is now determining that some people with salaries as high as $80,000 a year, $80,000, are eligible for medicaid when clear
rain and snow. >>> prayer, reflection and celebration. ♪ >> a week of memorial events under way in south africa this morning to say good-bye to nelson mandela as president obama prepares to lead the u.s. delegation there. lester is live in soweto, south africa with the latest. >>> it's off. prince harry's race to the south pole canceled. that doesn't moon the royal is giving up on his mission to reach the bottom of the world today, sunday, december 8, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" with lester holt live in soweto, south africa, and erica hill live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill alongside jenna wolfe and dylan dreyer. as we mentioned, lester holt is in soweto, south africa, where the official events to honor the life of nelson mandela are under way today. good morning, lester. >> reporter: good morning, erica. today was the official day of prayer and reflection. all that notwithstanding, it continues to be a day or a week of celebration of the life of nelson mandela. peopl
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will be the impact of obama care on the 2014 elections, and even perhaps the 2016 presidential race? >>> plus, an historic week for pope francis with his first major statement, attacking what he calls, quote, the idolatry of money. what continues is a whirlwind change for the vatican. i'll go one on one with cardinal timothy dolan of new york. he is one of the leading cardinals in america. he talks about why the church has turned against obama care and why the church has been outmarketed on gay marriage. >>> nbc correspondent harry smith with the story of the survivor of the boston marathon bombing. he represents the true meaning of boston strong. i'm david gregory onand this is "meet the press" on sunday, december 1st. >>> good sunday morning. a big weekend for the future of president obama's landmark health care legislation, two months to the day since the troubled launch of heal healthcare.gov, they put out a report this morning saying they're making dramatic progress and the team is meeting with private sector velocity and effectiveness. that's how the website apparently is working. it al
for the next few weeks, now that the obama care website appears to be working better. meanwhile, former president clinton is clarifying comments that seem to put him at odds with the president over the law. brianna keilar has more. >> reporter: president obama focusing today on getting young people covered under the affordable care act as his administration tries to turn the page from that troubled website. one road block down, partially anyway. the path ahead is still uphill. >> every day i check to make sure that it's working better. and, you know, we've learned not to make wild promises about how perfectly smooth it's going to be at all times. >> reporter: president obama kicking off another push to sell his signature health care law to a skeptical public. >> i need you to spread the word about the law, about its benefits, about its protections, about how folks can sign up. tell your friends, tell your family. >> reporter: as the white house spends the next three weeks trying to convince americans there's more to obama care than the fumbled rollout, a powerful ally talked to cnn espa
're not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> reporter: the president's advisers can see mr. obama is on the defensive and more campaign-style events are needed to resell obama care. the next big test comes in two weeks when a crush of consumers is expected to try to enroll for insurance by january 1st. major garrett, cbs news, the white house. >>> and now to the first gun control legislation since last year's gus massacre at a connecticut elementary school. the house passed a bill extending legislation that prohibits firearms that can evade metal detecters and x-ray machines, plastic guns. susan mcginnis is in washington with more on the undetectable firearms act. good morning, susan. >> good morning, anne-marie. now, the current law expires on monday and it bans plastic firearms. this law has been around since 1988 and it's always been extended very easily, but this time some lawmakers are looking for some changes to deal with new technology like 3-d printers, which makes manufacturing these plastic guns very easy. >> those in favor say aye. >> aye. >> those opposed, no. >> no. >
learned a few weeks back that one president obama said he like your policy, and he was not telling the truth and what doctor ezekiel emanuel made clear is that if you're going to go into the program, you're going to get the services that meet the standards for the affordable care act and it is the people that are going into the system for the first time that haven't been assured in a long time. lou: as you put it, you're going to have this, it's like the basic message and i think you are exactly right. this is such a coercive tone and a piece of law that i can't believe there is a greater focus on it in the national media. >> in fairness, i think the national media has followed this story ever since the government reopened on october the 16th, night and day. and this includes anyone, including the elected democrats are in negotiations with president obama and his team all along. and i think as we look to the future of what is the enrollment look like and what it is reassessing these prices for 2015, what does it look like next summer when businesses and waivers expire and they migh
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